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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most likely Salvatore's finest
"Homeland" is possibly R.A. Salvatore's finest work written to date, with the possible exception of "The Legacy". A beautiful story set in perhaps one of the most creative settings ever in a fantasy story, this story both tugs at one's heartstrings and pulls at one's imagination. Menzoberranzen is presented in such intricate, almost loving, detail...
Published on 5 Oct 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea, poorly executed
The senario that Salvatore creates in an interesting and imaginative one. The city and the society have great potential for a number of exceedingly good tale. Unfortunatley, the story he weaves is fairly predicable and uninteresting. The main focus of the book, Drizzt, comes across as a whinging teenager and is very dull. The finale of the plot is unoriginal and...
Published on 29 Sep 1999


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most likely Salvatore's finest, 5 Oct 1998
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
"Homeland" is possibly R.A. Salvatore's finest work written to date, with the possible exception of "The Legacy". A beautiful story set in perhaps one of the most creative settings ever in a fantasy story, this story both tugs at one's heartstrings and pulls at one's imagination. Menzoberranzen is presented in such intricate, almost loving, detail that one wonders if Salvatore has created the world or is merely reporting on it. The morality of the book, so often overdone in many of his later books, is perfectly presented in this story as the main character, Drizzt, must begin to make his own decisions as to what is wrong and right. Salvatore as well, writes of a very intricate relationship between Drizzt's father and his son, a relationship that is much more complex and intricate than many in his later books. The characterization in this book is superior to many of his other books, and the reader can come to believe that the characters are real people in a real world, so vividly are each painted. In general, this book is excellent in every way, a complex and gripping story set in a detailed and wonderous world. Any fan of fantasy, and many people who are not fans, will love this story. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best fantasy books you'll read., 22 Aug 2001
This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
I've read fantasy in the past but i was new to the Forgotten Realms books. I had been recommended this by my mates on more than one occasion and finally i broke when seeing the Trilogy for sale in one volume. I wasn't dissapointed. The depth of the characters was amazing and Salvadores description of fight sequences was brilliant. Homeland is the best book of the three but don't let that put you off reading the other two. It would be hard to keep that standard up for 800 pages. The continuing saga of Drizzt is a great read and i'd recommend it to anybody who loves fantasy books.
Can't wait to get stuck into The Icewind Dale Trilogy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homeland is the best book ever!!!!, 17 May 1996
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
I usually don't like TSR books, but Homeland just blew me
away. A society of *EVIL* 'Drow' elves live underground.
One elf breaks the mold and fights for what he feels is
right. Beautifully written with increadible fighting scenes.
Intricate plot and so many twists and turns your head'll
spin.
Book #1 in a 9 book series, it actually was the fourth
book written (Crystal Shard was first, from the Icewind
Trilogy) but it is MUCH better if you read the Dark Elf
Trilogy then Icewind Trilogy and then the following 3 books.
#9th book leaves so much unanswered and I don't know if he's
going to continue. Does anyone know?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy novel, but........., 23 Oct 1997
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
I read this book a while ago. Since then I've read many other fantasy novels, there is no compare. You purists may not like to hear this, but this book is better than even J.R.R. Tolkien! Yes, you heard me right. The character of Drizzt Do' Urden is unlike any other character in any fantasy novel. The novel shows us how one individual in a race consumed by evil is able to be different and resist the darkside. I can draw comparisons to Star Wars in that they both show the overcoming of an invincible evil. Unlike most fantasy novels, there are many real life themes in Salvatore's Dark Elf trilogy. Besides the usual good vs evil, you have the question of racism discussed and how you are stereotyped because of the actions of others. All of these themes that you would expect in a real-life novel, you see them in an entertaining fantasy setting. The great writing was continued in Salvatore's subsequent Drizzt novels (though he does kind of descend into the usual swords and sorcery that all of us have seen before). Now you may be wondering why I included the but.... in my summary, well I will tell you. R.A. SALVATORE IS NO LONGER WRITING DRIZZT NOVELS! I don't know what the problem was? Maybe TSR was giving him grief, I don't know, but Drizzt by any other man just isn't Drizzt. PLEASE SALVATORE, WRITE MORE DRIZZT NOVELS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an incredible book., 22 July 1998
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
In "Homeland", R. A. Salvatore's story of an evil dark-elven city and the drow caught in it, Drizzt Do'Urden is born to a Matron Mother, a priestess of the goddess Lloth. Drizzt's ideals and morals are alien to all his family but his father, a skilled Weapon Master who may train Drizzt to become even better than he. Drizzt's panther friend Guenhwyvar also shares Drizzt's views. Staying in the city of those who kill the merciful cannot be an option for the two, but fleeing is equally suicidal. This story is free of other contradictions in some of R. A. Salvatore's other works (character's abilities, such as Guenhwyvar's, seem to fluctuate as the books continue). The incredible skills of Drizzt and his father are made more credible by play-by-play action accounts, which keep you in step with how the characters skills differ and why one character lost and the other won. This also stops you from deciding that one was suddenly struck by invisible li! ghtning, allowing the opponent to win. This may be Salvatore's best book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning., 11 Nov 2003
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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THE STORY:
Amid the treachery and cruelty of the world of the dark elves, an unusual child matures into a warrior of unparalleled skill and unwelcome compassion.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This story shows exactly what events forged Drizzt Do'Urden, one of the best fantasy heroes ever; his childhood amid his murderous family, his revelations about the evil of Drow society and his bond with Zaknafein, his father and a similarly compassionate warrior. The story is well written and has intrigue, tension, action and emotion in perfectly balanced parts.
WHAT'S BAD:
This book lacks the epic scope of Salvatore's other work and at times is a little slow, but these are minor points and easily overlooked.
The perfect introduction to both Drizzt and the Forgotten Realms series as a whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book....farewell Zak!, 15 Jan 2000
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Marco Busani "Proven Intellect" (Edgware, London) - See all my reviews
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Salvatore takes the reader on a spellbinding trip deep into the heart of Drow society.Enter the infant Drizzt into a world dripping with treachery.Salvatore charts the progress of Drizzt as he develops into an adult,his innocence smashed along the way.A prominent theme in this novel is the wickedness of the Drow race.There are many interesting examples of this such as:Dinin murdering his brother Nalfein for personal gain,the elimination of House DeVir,Masoj and the acid,the betrayal of Kelnozz etc.The combat sequences are superb and the characters are well fleshed out.I especially enjoyed the father/son bond between Zaknafein and Drizzt and their refusal to embrace the ways of the Spider Queen.Read this soon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book and the entire Dark Elf series is stunning!, 17 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
Homeland is the first introduction into the realm of the Dark Elves, and RA Salvatore does an exemplory job in convincing the reader that Dark Elves are not a very friendly bunch. Drizzt is an amazing character, and throughout the entire Dark Elf series, the character developes in a way that ultimately brings out the hero that was struggling through. Through the minds of the different characters, the author drags you through the dark elf world and the start of Drizzt Do'Urden.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a book comparable to Tolkiens masterpiece., 8 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have been reading fantasy for over 20 years. Never has anything in the genre come so close to the genius of Tolkien. Salvatores Dark Elf trilogy is truly magnificent, and stands out from all the Tolkien pretenders we see so often. Character development, a rich utterly original setting, masterful storytelling, this book has it all. Salvatore should escape the shackles of TSR Inc. and write something of his own creation - I'm sure it would be a classic.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in the Story that begins the life of the best!, 31 Dec 1999
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This review is from: Homeland (Forgotten Realms: Dark Elf Trilogy) (Mass Market Paperback)
For those who don't know, Dark Elves are Deadly, they live in the Bowels of the Earth deep underground. Menzoberranzan, the largest of the Dark Elves' Lairs! there begins the life of the Wonderful Drizzt!
This Book really is an exceptional Marvel R A Salvatore has a way of capturing the heart of the readers and at the same time give Lots of personality to the other characters, in time, u end up liking the evilness of the other characters but at the same time feel for the main hero of the plot!
The Novel plays about with how it could be the mind set a birth, or the Environment that makes a person how they really are! A Brilliant start to a trilogy of books!
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